Star Wars Poster #26 Return Of The Jedi Luke Slave Leia


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With rope in hand, it’s a swashbuckling rescue as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) frees his twin sister Leia (Carrie Fisher) from life as a slave girl serving loathsome Jabba the Hutt. The term “Metal Bikini” refers to the iconic slave girl costume worn by Princess Leia when she was held captive in Jabba the Hutt’s palace, at the beginning of Return of the Jedi. The skimpy costume consisted of a copper brassiere fastened over the neck and behind the back with string, copper plates at the groin in front and back, a red silk loincloth, and leather boots. There were other various adornments, including a hair fastener, a snake arm-wrap and two bracelets. Last, there was the chain and collar that bound her to Jabba. “It was like steel, not steel, but hard plastic, and if you stood behind me you could see straight to Florida. You’ll have to ask Boba Fett about that.” – Carrie Fisher. After her appearance wearing the “golden metal bikini”, Carrie Fisher (and thus Leia herself) almost immediately became a cult sex symbol. Leia’s metallic bikini scenes were voted by Empire magazine as among the most memorable in movie history. According to the Internet Movie Database, Fisher had said that her costumes in the previous two films had been so long that viewers could not tell “she was a woman”, resulting in the skimpy outfit for Return of the Jedi. “Although being noticed was finally good,” says Fisher, “it was scary walking around almost naked. The guys didn’t seem to notice but I still felt too open. At one point, my top fell and I nearly cried.” Costume designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers noted that the inspiration for Leia’s slave outfit came from the artwork of famed fantasy and science fiction illustrator Frank Frazetta. Rodgers had a “no lingerie in space” policy, which prevented Fisher from wearing a brassiere; adhesive tape was used in its place. One Wired magazine editor stated the only reason for the outfit’s fame is “no doubt that the sight of Carrie Fisher in the gold sci-fi swimsuit was burned into the sweaty subconscious of a generation of fanboys hitting puberty in the spring of 1983.”

Near mint condition.